Analog phone calls degraded with distance; we now have the Internet. Analog computations degraded with time; we now have PCs. But today's most advanced manufacturing processes, whether additive or subtractive, remain analog because the materials themselves don't contain information. Prof. Neil Gershenfeld, Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms, will present research on digital materials, and discuss its implications for the future of making things.
Beyond his many publications and patents, MIT Professor Neil Gershenfeld is the author of the books Fab and When Things Start To Think, and the technical texts The Nature of Mathematical Modeling and The Physics of Information Technology. His work has been featured by the White House and Smithsonian Institution in their Millennium celebrations, he has been the subject of print, radio, and TV programs in media including the New York Times, The Economist, CNN, and PBS, and has been selected as one of the top 100 public intellectuals.
U.S. private university in Cambridge, famous for its scientific and technological training and research. Founded in 1861, MIT has schools of architecture and planning, engineering, humanities and social sciences, management (the Sloan School), and science and a college of health sciences and technology. Though it is best known for its programs in engineering and the physical sciences, other areas such as economics, political science, urban studies, linguistics, and philosophy are also strong. Among its facilities are a nuclear reactor, a computation centre, geophysical and astrophysical observatories, a linear accelerator, a space research centre, supersonic wind tunnels, an artificial-intelligence laboratory, a centre for cognitive science, and an international-studies centre.